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Thumbprint Chocolate Abbey - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

245 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 27
Gots: 32 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BarrytheBear on 09-18-2011)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown with white lingering minimal head, and some lace lines. banana and chocolate, hits the style with lots of yeast and some candi sugar. Pleasant enough though not that interesting. A tad harsh finish. Cinnamon, cloves, bubble gum, malted milk.Better than I was told. Thanks for the extra, Jon.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 22:54:48 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

11-23-2012 00:22:08 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to robL for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, spices, cocoa, chocolate syrup, and bananas. Taste is much the same with a nice chocolate covered banana finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell and a solid flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 22:07:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy chestnut with a massive head; plenty of nice lacing action, as well

Smell: Range of aromatics on the nose, with baker's chocolate, bubblegum, banana, clove and cinnamon

Taste: Opens with chocolate and banana flavors that are joined by the bubblegum, clove and cinnamon at mid-palate; although the flavors blend nicely, after the swallow, there is quite a bit of clove and banana in the aftertaste, though the chocolate lingers a bit, too

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Love the experimentation here and am repeatedly impressed by the beers New Glarus puts out

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 22:56:46 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5%

06-04-2012 14:21:31 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark amber color with a light hint of caramel around the edges, big head comes up and over the top and settles down gently into a firm and long lasting pillow with loads of side glass lacing. Aroma is nice, much sweeter then I was expecting. Lots of caramel and malts right up front here, light hint of an herbal note boucning around as well, but not terribly strong. Warming brings out a yeast note that is quite intresting and adds a light fruit touch to it, but very sweet still. Flavor again is very intresting and not what I was expecting. Rich notes of caramel and almost candied like sugar abound here. Light touches of hops play on the tongue now as well, very intresting

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 04:36:33 | More by mikesgroove
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

06-04-2012 01:13:06 | More by ygtbsm94
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-03-2012 06:36:57 | More by GRG1313
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

I missed out on this stuff during my last Kenosha run, but luckily my boss was able to toss a few bottles my way. The man. It pours a slightly murky dark brown topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises sweet cocoa powder, light banana, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, light clove, graham cracker, honey, sweet flowers, and powdered sugar. Even for someone with a massive sweet tooth like me, this smells overly sweet. The taste cleans things up a bit, still focusing on the cocoa, banana, clove, cinnamon, brown sugar, and honey. A touch of very mild coffee and a decent amount of caramel find their way in as well. Very nice here. The body is a lithe medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a rather enjoyable little brew, something I could see drinking cases of at one sitting, if given the opportunity...

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 17:57:22 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a small Hamms goblet, it has a finger or two of tan foam that slowly rises above the rim. Color is a dark reddish copper brown. Finely textured foam, lasting skim, lacy collar around the edges.

Smells pretty similar to the Chocolate Bock I just had. Some banana, toasted malts, cocoa, marshmallow and tootsie roll sweetness. Tastes similar, some slight roast bitterness and nutty flavors. Not as yeasty as anticipated for a Dubbel, fairly light bodied also. Could use a little more body and yeast complexity. Light and smooth with a sort of creamy feel to it after awhile.

Thanks Eric!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 02:10:40 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -21.3%

11-30-2011 03:41:19 | More by JAHMUR
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Dark chestnut, towering head

SMELL: Fresh taffy, caramel, bubble gum, milk chocolate, peppery, figgy, peppery,

TASTE: Candied fruit, milk chocolate, estery, bandaid, cotton candy, carob, caramel, brown malt, passion fruit, semi-dry finish

I dig this twist on the Dubbel style, certainly no restraint here when it comes down to being complex. An enjoyable sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 04:02:37 | More by Jason
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oline73

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy reddish dark brown with a half finger of creamy off white head. The head leaves a small layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Slightly sweet with some chocolate and dark fruit notes. The sweetness isn't overwhelming, it compliments the other ingredients well.

Taste: This one reminds me of a straight up tootsie roll. I'm definitely getting some vanilla and chocolate notes. Also some dark fruit with a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation for the style. The finish has a slight dryness to it.

Overall: I think the chocolate along with the traditional dubbel flavors were nice, and quite interesting. NOt sure I need more, but I'm glad I had this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 02:58:31 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #6 from TMoney2591; thanks Kyle. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my DFH tulip.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with two fingers of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for a minute or two and two inches throughout drinking. No lacing on the glass. Looks like a stout or porter.

s - Smells of ripe bananas, sweet chocolate, roasted malts, sugar, vanilla, rich dark chocolate, toasted and burnt malts, and dark fruits. Very interesting nose here! Lots of chocolate and bananas…thinking some sort of american stout or porter.

t - Tastes of bananas, sugar, sweet chocolate, roasted malts, dark chocolate, cream/vanilla, toasted malts, and burnt malts. Again, really interesting here.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

o - Overall a very interesting beer. It's very sweet and has a distinct banana smell to it mixing with a lot of chocolate. I don't think it is a stout so I am going with a chocolate porter of some sort around 6% ABV.

And the reveal is…Thumbprint Chocolate Abbey by New Glarus. Wow, way off with the style as this is a Dubbel. Looks like I got the chocolate and bananas down, but very interesting for a Dubbel. A very tricky beer as it doesn't remind me most Dubbels I've had, but great for this BIF, and always excited to try a new NG beer. Thanks Kyle.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 02:07:48 | More by mdfb79
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kojevergas

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with foiled over branded pressure cap and stylish label acquired from the very generous very gracious Duff27 in a trade and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof; I love this brewery.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a 5+ finger smooth khaki colour head of nice soft cream, good thickness, and good (5+ minute) retention. Light thin lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. I wouldn't call it frothy, but dubbels oughtn't be. Body colour is a refined rich caramel-amber; transparent and translucent, if dark. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Really looking forward to this one.

Sm: Fuck me, that's lovely. Gorgeous milk chocolate, soft cream, impeccable soft malts, biscuit malt, and yeast. Truffle. That's sinfully good. Sweet Jesus good. Chocolate covered cherries. Maybe a bit bready. White pepper. Bubblegum, taffy. Incredibly balanced, subtle, and evocative. The aroma alone is sending expectations for the flavour sky-high. A mild strength, soft aroma. Incredibly inviting. No alcohol is detectable.

T: Chocolate and bubble-gum, with buried cherry. I want more of the cherry I got on the aroma. Taffy. Buried caramalt. Biscuit malt. Chocolate malt. Biscuity yeast. A touch of bitterness. Light candi sugar. It's actually a bit too candy-like for me; the bubblegum/taffy is too strong - and frankly weird for the style. But I dig that subtle chocolate; there's no bitterness from the chocolate at all. Truffle. It balances its notes well. Subtle and evocative. A fine dubbel. They're really pushing flavours on this one; it's not at all traditional but I like it. No alcohol comes through. Full of flavour.

Mf: Sinfully soft. Smooth and wet. Silky, yet lightly coarse to aid flavour delivery. Feels great on the palate; not too heavy or too light. Perfect carbonation. Near ideal thickness; maybe a bit more thickness would help. Full-bodied. Full depth of flavour is allowed to come through. Complements the flavour profile well.

Dr: Definitely the strangest dubbel I've ever had. The bubblegum gets on my nerves a bit, but overall it's a tasty beer. The chocolate is very well integrated. I'd have this again; it's very interesting. A very drinkable. The ABV is quite well hidden here; I'll enjoy finishing this bottle. Thanks again Duff27; I quite enjoyed this one! And as it warms, I like it more and more.

Serve chilled.

High B

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 04:21:52 | More by kojevergas
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

11-18-2011 01:45:18 | More by imperialking
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-05-2014 08:32:33 | More by zestar
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a brown body that glows at the base with a light tan head that is thick and creamy lasting the full beer and some microbubbles collecting at the bottom of the head.

S- The big chocolate nougat aroma of tootsie rolls has some dark sugar and yeasty esters in the finish. There is a bubbolicious ester aroma that really grows as the beer opens up and some clove notes aswell.

T- The nice dried fruit flavor fades to a full chocolate nougat taste and a dry finish with some green hops that have a bit of a mint taste to them. The bubblegum esters start to dominate as the beer opens up.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a touch of alcohol heat and a thick foamy mouthfeel in the finish.

O- I was surprised that the flavors really work together and the balance between dubble characters and nougat are nice but the bubblegum character does become a bit to strong as the beer opens up.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 20:25:44 | More by rhoadsrage
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

11-09-2013 00:44:56 | More by mothman
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-05-2012 09:05:44 | More by drewone
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

11-30-2011 03:20:16 | More by brandoman63
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

01-09-2012 02:53:33 | More by Gonzoillini
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out a brown, cocoa colored liquid. 1/4" tan head, spotty lacing around the glass as the liquid was consumed.

A chocolate aroma first and foremost. Actually that was all there was, which is fine.

Taste, mmm, more chocolate and cocao. For a dubbel, I like far more than the average one. Dry, like cocao powder was used moreso than sweet chocolate. Not sugary. Smooth experience. Dark fruit aspect is minimal, yet not overwhelmed by the cocoa. The minimal yeast contribution is very mild, nothing in terms of clove or banana are on it, which is a good thing. It has a very mild chocolate bubble gum contribution. Mild toasted grains.

I'd consider myself a fan, and would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 18:58:06 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-02-2012 14:48:43 | More by THECPJ
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dirtylou

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single

appearance: served in my hilliards can-pint - dark cola body, a nice tan lace that coats the side of the glass consistently

smell: dry roasty bakers chocolate, sweet malt, dough, caramel

taste: sweet bakers chocolate, cocoa, caramel malt, some nice dark fruits, dry roasty finish. The chocolate flavor is interesting enough but the base dubbel is pretty bland.

mouthfeel: dry, rather light for the style

overall: good, but below par for the thumbprint series

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 03:51:58 | More by dirtylou
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Thumbprint Chocolate Abbey from New Glarus Brewing Company
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